Tag Archives: Agencies

Commentary: Prescription Monitoring Programs: Fighting the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Prescription drug abuse is a growing national epidemic. In a recent presentation, Dr. Leonard Paulozzi of the CDC reported that the number of unintentional overdose deaths per year involving opioid pain relievers nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2007, rising from 2,900 to 11,500. …

Talking Teen Drinking: MADD and ER Docs Release Handbook for Parents

Talking with teens about alcohol and drinking can be difficult for parents -- but emergency room doctors and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) just made it a little easier. …

Study: Prevalence of Behavioral Health Issues Varies Widely in Juvenile Justice

How many youth in the juvenile justice system have mental health or alcohol and drug disorders? New research on nearly 10,000 youth in 18 states and over 50 jurisdictions suggests that the answer can vary a lot, depending on what part of the juvenile justice system you’re talking about. …

Lawmakers in Ten States Mull Drug Testing of Public Aid Recipients

Legislators in at least ten states are considering bills that would require adults on various types of public assistance to submit to drug testing. Supporters have said that testing would save money and encourage treatment, while opponents have claimed it would …

Addiction Professionals Say Health Reform May Not Increase Access to Treatment

A 2010 survey of substance abuse treatment providers showed a field that expects continued barriers to patient access despite health care reform, especially as funding sources change, Addiction Professional magazine reported Nov. 1, 2010. The 27-item online survey, which was …

New Dietary Guidelines on Alcohol Keep Daily Drinking Yardstick

"Thanks to comments from public health advocates -- including many of you -- the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans do not suggest a weekly average for alcohol consumption. Consistent with current scientific evidence, the guidelines suggest up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men for moderate consumers. " …

NYC Bans Smoking in Parks, on Beaches

The New York City Council approved a measure that prohibits smoking in city parks and on public beaches, The New York Times reported Feb. 2. After arguments pitting personal liberty against public health, council members overwhelmingly approved the measure 36-12, …

Wanted: Students for ’Big Bowl Vote 2011’

" Educators and middle- and high-school students are invited to participate in an informal national survey to measure the impact of alcohol advertising from the Super Bowl." …

Specialty ’Bath Salts’ Linked to Hospitalizations, Suicides

Alarming numbers of adolescents and others are ending up in emergency rooms and mental hospitals after using ”fake cocaine” — a powder legally sold as bath salts, The Sacramento Bee reported Jan. 18. The so-called bath salts are not common brands, but instead …

Cars Fueled by Four Loko?

Unfit for human consumption, banned cans of high-octane Four Loko are being recycled into ethanol -- and used in gasoline. …